A really neat site launched yesterday that is definitely worth exploring for anyone with British ancestry (or who just loves historical photographs). Britain From Above, a cooperative project of English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales, features more than 16,000 images from the Aerofilms Collection, a unique archive of more than 1 million aerial photographs taken between 1919 and 2006. Those being made available online cover roughly the period 1919 to 1950. These freely accessible images cover locations from across Britain, including 148 aerial photos of Bristol where my husband's ancestors lived, dating primarily from the 1920s.
Each aerofilms image is also tied to a Wiki page which is open for contributors to add information, comments, and keyword tags to enrich the understanding for each of the images. Help is also needed to identify the locations of a number of "mystery" images that have left the experts stumped. Users can also download images (for personal use), and customize their own themed photo galleries.
According to the website, images will continue to be added to the website, with a goal of 95,000 images taken between 1919 and 1953 being available online by 2014.